Resilience and Multiple Stigmatized Identities: Lessons from Transgender Persons’ Reflections on Aging
This chapter describes the qualitative analysis of responses given by 122 transgender persons aged 61 and older who answered nine questions in an online survey about hopes and fears about aging, strategies for successful aging, and wisdom to convey to younger transgender individuals. More than 70 % stated they believe they are aging successfully. We identified six components of the resilience repertoires that enabled them to say they are aging successfully despite the stigma associated with their gender-variant identities and sexual minority status. Queer theory and the idea of intersectionality contributed to our interpretation of the resilience repertoires.
KeywordsTransgender Resilience Successful aging Queer theory Intersectionality Stigma Spirituality Self-acceptance Advocacy Agency
The authors wish to thank Samantha Hahn for assistance in organizing the qualitative responses.
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